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Virtualization Getting Started Guide

Virtualization Documentation

Edition 19.0.1

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The Fedora Virtualization Getting Started Guide describes the basics of virtualization and the virtualization products and technologies that are available with Fedora.

1. Document Conventions
1.1. Typographic Conventions
1.2. Pull-quote Conventions
1.3. Notes and Warnings
2. We Need Feedback!
1. Introduction
1.1. Who should read this guide?
1.2. Virtualization in Fedora Linux
1.3. Virtualization resources
2. What is virtualization and migration?
2.1. What is virtualization?
2.2. What is migration?
2.2.1. Benefits of migrating virtual machines
3. Advantages and misconceptions of virtualization
3.1. Virtualization costs
3.2. Virtualization learning curve
3.3. Performance
3.4. Flexibility
3.5. Disaster recovery
3.6. Security
3.6.1. Virtualization security features
3.7. Virtualization for servers and individuals
4. Introduction to Fedora virtualization products
4.1. KVM and virtualization in Fedora
4.2. libvirt and libvirt tools
4.3. Virtualized hardware devices
4.3.1. Virtualized and emulated devices
4.3.2. Para-virtualized devices
4.3.3. Physical host devices
4.3.4. CPU models
4.4. Storage
4.4.1. Storage pools
4.4.2. Storage volumes
5. Virtualization Tools
5.1. virsh
5.2. virt-manager
5.3. virt-install
5.4. guestfish
5.5. GNOME Boxes
5.6. Other useful tools
A. Revision History